Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday Challenge 30: Love Is Still In The Air!

This week's challenge at Embellish-Online was to make a layout of something we loved. My hubby took this photo of our daughter this week...and we loved her look of sweet innocence!

I left the layout clean because I wanted the focus to be the photo itself and not the embellishments. This is a Prima sketch that I used for the layout.

Designer Papers: Imaginisce (Baby Powder Collection and Fairest Of Them All Collection)
Title: Thickers by American Craft
Flower: Prima
Pebble Brad: Making Memories
Butterfly Stamp: Stampin Up! (embossed in white on blue vellum)
Journal Block: K*I Memories

If you wish to play along, we'd love to see what YOU love! Upload your project to the gallery and use FC30 as your keyword! Join us in the forum too!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Top Note Fun!

This is not my original idea....but a friend gave me a card sample to check out...and it had this folded Top Note Die as the actual *card* that opens. I layered mine on a white cuttlebugged layer that is attached to a white cardstock panel.

I folded a piece of cardstock (4.25 x 8.5) in half, so the fold is on the short side. Then I cut it with the Top Note Die so that the folded line was not cut...thus giving me my very funky *card* shape.

I then cut patterned paper from my scrap bin with the Top Note Die, and added some faux stitching.

The butterfly is a Cuttlebug Embossing/Die Cut set. The ribbon is some retired SU! stuff (and it matches in real life.....really!!) The stamp is from SU!'s Flight of the Butterfly Set.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SU! Sympathy Card

Wedding cards to sympathy cards....life's cycle I guess! I need to get a baby card together here soon too....so it goes....

This card features BasicGrey's Granola Designer Paper. It has a distressed appearance....so though it looks like I smudged my stamping, it is in the print. I liked the look of stamping on the colored distressed paper instead of white, which is what I usually grab.

The stamps are from Thoughts & Prayers by SU! I layered the card on black cardstock and then used SU!'s photo corner punch that I ran through Cuttlebug's Textile Embossing Folder. The flowers are by Prima and I love the creamy white color of them. The button is vintage.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Wedding Card

I had occasion for a wedding card, so I went with the wedding colors, glitter and lots of white.
The turquoise corners are from Doodlebug, it has a glittered design on it.
Tapestry Flower is by The Rubber Cafe
Journal Block is by Basic Grey
Congratulations is by Purple Onion Designs.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bittersweet Birthday!

I played along on the SCS Virtual Stamp night...and this was my monochromatic card. I used The Rubber Cafe's Exotic Flower with the glitter and acetate technique. I used the largest Marvy Scalloped Punch and then the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing folder. The little hearts are Stampendous! Sparkledot Stickers. Designer papers are from BasicGrey's Bittersweet Collection. Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch and a little Making Memories tag. I added some faux stitching and distressing to add a bit more *white* to the card, which was my neutral.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday Callenge 29: Inspired At Home

This week's Friday Challenge at Embellish-Online was to be inspired by something in our home and then make a card. I often take my photos of my cards in my living room propped up on these glass jars of potpourri. I love the shiny glass, the fun textures and the variety of colors in the potpourri.
This card is just a happy and springy card that has some of the similar colors and gives me the same grin!
I love SU!'s River Rock cardstock....why they didn't consult me and ditch a color like Green Galore I'll never know!!! I love the Martha Stewart edge punch....just how cool is that?! Oh, and some butterflies, also a Martha Stewart punch found their way on this card too.
For some bling I have glitter and gems. The images are both from The Rubber Cafe. That Tapestry Flower is so fun to glitter, and the happy birthday outline can be coordinated to any project!
Designer Paper is from Memory Box's Sugar Collection.
Thanks for taking a peek at my inspired card. I'd love to see you play along....if you do, be sure to link back so I can see it or upload it to the Embellish-Online gallery with keyword FC29. Have Fun, Be Inspired!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Petal Pizazz In My Thoughts...

Another card with SU!'s Petal Pizazz set. Again, I used the chalk-popping technique to color my flowers. I stamped in Versamark ink, and applied the chalks. I love how the flower center fits into SU!'s scalloped circle punch...how handy is that?!

The little white flower is also a SU! punch...the Boho Blossoms one. I added a tiny Prima flower and a mini brad to my flower stack. The designer paper is SU! Certainly Celery. Martha Stewart butterfly punch on some specialty cardstock. Corners are the SU! Photo Corner punch on white cardstock that has been run through the Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder.

You're in my thoughts is by Wordsworth.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Petal Pizazz!

I had fun playing with SU!'s Petal Pizazz set this week. I was inspired by this card by whats_her_name that I ran across in the SCS gallery.

I used the Chalk Pop Technique for this card. I stamped my image in Versamark ink and then chalked it with Ikan'dee Chalks by Pebbles Inc. The ink *sets* the chalk, so no further sealing is necessary. I doodled with my SU! markers in Pixie Pink and Garden Green and cut out the images.

I ran Very Vanilla cardstock through my Cuttlebug's Diamond in the Rough Embossing Folder and then the SU! Top Note Die. It is layered on Purely Pomegranate cardstock and some misc. designer paper. Glitter dots are from Dress It Up! and the ribbon is some scrap. Sentiment is stamped, punched with the SU! Word Window Punch and layered on the SU! Large Oval Punch.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Back in the Swim of Things....

This card features two more of the new images from Inky Antics! I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. The sand and sky have been sponged. The bling around the sentiment gives it a *sunny* feel. The designer paper is by WeR Memory Keepers.

Melissa's Challenge!

Melissa at The Rubber Cafe challenged the design team to make a card or project using only the colors White with a touch of Red, Scor-Pal, Clean with no inking or rough edges.

My card is a white base. The next layer is a double-cuttlebugged layer. I'm sure this is on the net somewhere...but I've never seen it anywhere and I came up with it the other night and have really enjoyed working with it! I ran it through my Script Embossing Folder first and then through the Leafy Branch Embossing Folder.

The white cardstock strip has been pierced and then scored on the Scor-pal every quarter inch for interest. I did valleys down on this card, but I think I'd like valleys up as well.

The white heart is a Cuttlebug die cut that has been run through one of the coordinating Heart Embossing Folder.

The stamp is the Exotic Flower from The Rubber Cafe. I stamped it on acetate with Stazon ink. I glittered it with Cranberry and White Pearl glitters. The red is really pretty in real life...it's a rich cranberry color. I cut out the flower when it was dry and attached it to the card with mini-glue dots.

I really like the all white theme!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Double Pocket Bag

This was a fun little project....I was asked to make some little valentine projects that could give the gift of a few cards. I found the tutorial for these Double Pocket Bags on SCS.

For this one I used the papers from BasicGrey's Bittersweet Collection. I also used BasicGrey's Bittersweet Chipboard Stickers. The stamp is by Whipper Snapper and is accented with coordinating Copic Markers.

I used SU's slit punch for the ribbon holes. Ribbon was some I found at Big Lots a while ago...and I had a *lot* until I finished this project!! Eight bags left me wanting to go see if they have some more! Faux stitching an distressing are finishing touches. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bittersweet Love

Another card featuring BasicGrey's Bittersweet collection. I used Cuttlebug's Allegro embossing folder on this card, sanded it lightly and then inked it with Fresco Amaretto Truffle Chalk ink pad. Topped with the chipboard sticker is perfect!

I found the ribbon in my scrap bin...perfect match for this paper collection! I stamped love on the ribbon with my Karen Foster Snap Stamps!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

For You!

Simplicity is my motto this week....I made this card recently...and though it is *very* simple....it just fits my mood lately! I've been noticing that I keep putting away things lately, and I don't think I'm going to miss them....so maybe I'll send them off to the rummage sale pile for this spring!

This card features BasicGrey's Bittersweet Chipboard Stickers. I decided to make a flower out of a flourish and a flower bud. The sentiment is from SU! and has been colored in with Copic Markers. Faux stitching *attaches* my designer paper to my Chocolate Chip card base.

Monday, February 9, 2009

From The Heart

This card features BasicGrey's Bittersweet Collection, designer paper, brads and chipboard stickers.

I used the script cuttlebug folder on the background layer, sanded it and then inked it with dark brown ink. The heart cuttlebug folder was used on the brown layer...and I *still* think it looks like chocolate!! LOL!

From the Heart is from The Rubber Cafe.

Speaking of From The Heart....I want to thank all of my readers *from my heart* for stopping by and leaving comments when you are moved to! I appreciate it! My blog counter recently hit 25,000 posts, and I thank you for that!! I hope you are inspired by what you see here!

In honor of this milestone, I am going to pass this on to the first five of you to comment on this post! (read the rest of the post for the rules!)

I "won" a homemade gift by leaving one of the first 5 comments on another person's blog, now I'll see who my first 5 are.

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2- What I create will be just for you.
3- It'll be done this year. (I will want to get it done ASAP so it should be within a month or so!)
4- You have no clue what it's going to be. I have tons of ideas, but who knows what it will be?
Not you, that's for sure!
5-The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the
first 5 people who do the same on your blog!

The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a homemade gift by me!Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!
So....who will be the first 5 people?????

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tree of Happiness!

This card features a little tree from Imaginisce. I stamped the tree in brown chalk ink and colored the leaves green with a copic marker. I covered the little flowers on the tree with Stampendous heart stickers. I pierced around the image for a frame of sorts and distressed the edges.

Happiness is a rub-on from SU!
Ribbon is from May Arts.
Chipboard Sticker is from BasicGrey's Bittersweet Collection
Designer Paper is from BasicGrey's Bittersweet Collection

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Embellish-Online Design Team Gallery Open!

Love is in the Air! The design team has been working with BasicGrey's Bittersweet Collection this month and there is a lot of yummy eye candy in the gallery to check out...so we hope you take a minute to take a peek!
This card features chipboard stickers from BasicGrey's Bittersweet Collection. A quick, fun way to create a beautiful card. I added minibrads and ribbon and a small Hero Arts stamp.
This gift tin also is embellished with the chipboard stickers. I added glitter to the heart, ribbon and some prima flowers with a gem center. I attached the designer paper to the inside of the window tin, hiding the glue dots beneath the chipboard.

Barb is also offering a February Contest in the forum. Up for grabs is a glue glider pro and a refill! What do you think of that? It's an awesome tool! The value of this prize is about $24.00! Winner will be selected March 1, 2009, so run over and check it out! Good Luck!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Summer Fun!

Ok...I know it's still freezing....but I'm going to show one more of these cards! I'll get back to more seasonal stuff....I'm just sick of freezing and am trying to think some warm thoughts here!!
Here are TWO more of the new Inky Antics images colored in Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I love the Doodlebug Glitter paper...just a little bit adds a punch of bling....bling that is *flat* and requires no extra postage to mail!! I used some faux stitching to *sew* her little list to the card. In hind sight I should have checked all of them off but *YOU* on the list! Next time I guess!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Just Add Water!


Here is another Inky Antics card using THREE of their new images! The image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. The glitter paper is by Doodlebug. On this card I cut it as a frame to resemble the glittering swimming pool water. Another Prima flower *splash*, piercing and faux stitching finish off this card. The designer paper is from WeR Memory Keepers. ......Summer's coming!! ~michelle~

Monday, February 2, 2009

Surf Dude!

Here is another card featuring the new Inky Antics images...and there are FIVE of them on this card! I colored the image using Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I sponged it lightly, doodled the edge and layered on a Marvy Punch. Designer Paper is from WeR Memory Keepers and is faux stitched and distressed. ~michelle!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fun In The Sun!

CHA is over and now I can show you some of the cards I've been working on!! This is a new line that is being introduced by Inky Antics! These beach girls have been fun to work on in the midst of our VERY COLD January!! I'll be showing you some more of the fun images in the next little bit.

This image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. The sand was stippled and the sky was sponges with a very loosely spaces sponge dauber. The Designer Paper is by WeR Memory Keepers. I added a touch of faux stitching just for fun. I used bits of ribbon to emulate the sun.